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Undergraduate BA and Minor in Law

The changing market for legal services is fueling the growth of new law-related career possibilities. Many of these careers do not require the skills of a licensed attorney, but they do demand a sound understanding of the law.

Why a degree in Law?

People in a wide range of careers encounter legal issues on a regular basis. By gaining an understanding of the basic functional areas of law, you will have a competitive advantage in the marketplace, wherever your career takes you.

  • Human resource professionals routinely encounter issues regarding employment, labor, and contract law.
  • Bankers and financiers often deal with matters involving tax, corporate law, securities, privacy law, and intellectual property.
  • Executives and administrators in creative industries encounter contract law and intellectual property issues.
  • Government employees may be responsible for implementing or complying with administrative regulations or constitutional limitations.

These and other professionals may not be required to practice in a court of law, but having some familiarity with the law will help them understand the legal requirements imposed upon them and how best to work with legal professionals when the need arises.

UB Resources

Academic Advising

Melinda Saran
Vice Dean for Social Justice Initiatives
saran@buffalo.edu
716-645-6603

The BA in Law is intended to prepare students for these careers. For example, compliance specialists work in corporations of all kinds to ensure that organizations comply with the laws of intellectual property and privacy, and human resources managers need to understand employment law and benefits rules.

At the same time, the professional practice of law continues to become more and more complex. Whole new careers have developed to support the work lawyers do. E-discovery and litigation support professionals apply technical expertise to manage the massive volume of electronically stored information required in all kinds of litigation. Trial and jury consultants combine technical expertise with a practical knowledge of psychology and sociology to help lawyers communicate complex concepts to juries.

Program requirements and instructions on how to apply to the BA can be found in UB's Undergraduate Degree & Course Catalog.

Courses and Credits

Course Title

Credits

I. Required Courses (12 credits)

12

LAW 101: Introduction to American Legal Institutions

3

LAW 201: Common Law

3

LAW 202: Public Law

3

LAW 301: Legal Reasoning

3

   

II. Electives in the major (30 credits)

30

A. Intermediate Law Courses (select 3 courses, totaling 9 credits)

9

LAW 303: Lawyers & Clients*

3

LAW 305: Introduction to Criminal Law**

3

LAW 306: Family Law**

3

LAW 307: Contract Law**

3

LAW 308: Intellectual Property**

3

LAW 309: Introduction to Business Organizations and Business Law

3

LAW 310: Employment Law**

3

LAW 311: Banking & Financial Compliance**

3

LAW 313: Legal Aspects of Sports

3

LAW 314: Basic Fed Income Tax

3

LAW 315: Introduction to International Climate Change Law

3

Future courses approved by Program Director

3

*denotes LAW 101 as pre-requisite

 

**denotes LAW 101 and LAW 201 as pre-requisites

 
   

B. Advanced Law Seminars (select 2 courses, totaling 6 credits)

6

LAW 401: Legal History***

3

LAW 404: The Jury Trial**

3

LAW 405: Law and Social Change**

3

Future courses approved by Program Director

3

** denotes LAW 101 and LAW 201 as pre-requisites

 

***denotes LAW 101 and HIS 162 as pre-requisites

 
   

C. Critical Reasoning Methods (select 1 course, totaling at least 3 credits at the 100 or 200-level)

3

APY 106: Introduction to Cultural Anthropology

3

ECO 182: Intro to Microeconomics

3

ENG 258: Mysteries

3

ENG 276: Literature and the Law

3

GGS: 228 Feminist Theory

3

GGS: 228 Feminist Theory

3

JDS 284: Justice in Bibles, Law and Philosophy

3

PHI 107: Ethics

3

PHI 115: Critical Thinking

3

PHI 162: Law, Morality & Authority

3

PHI 215: Symbolic Logic

4

SOC 293: Social Research Methods

3

   

D. Problems and Issues (select 1 course, totaling 3 credits at the 300-level or above)

3

GGS 324: Controlling Reproduction: Reproductive Rights

3

HIS 354: American Transition 1877-1901

3

HIS 356: Social History of Women 1875-Present

3

HIS 379: African American History 1877-Present

3

PSC 317: Environmental Politics

3

PSC 341: Regime Change

3

SOC 307: Criminology

3

SOC 309: Social Change

3

SOC 311: Drugs and Society

3

SOC 321: Race and Ethnicity

3

SOC 324: Sociology of Immigration

3

SOC 328: Social Inequality

3

SOC 331: Sociology of Wealth & Poverty

3

SOC 337: Sociology of Punishment

3

SOC 341: Environment and Society

3

SOC 345: Sociology of Deviance

3

SOC 348: Urban Sociology

3

SOC 363: Families and Public Policy

3

SOC 387: Sociology of Race and Racism

3

SOC 446: Advanced Topics in Environmental Sociology

3

   

E. Systems and Contexts (select 1 course, totaling 3 credits at the 300-level or above)

3

APY 492 Political and Legal Anthropology

3

END 313 Local Government Policy and Politics

3

END 439 Local Government Finance and Budgeting

3

GEO 330 Dynamics of International Business

3

GEO 333 International Trade

3

GGS 356 Social History of Women

3

HIS 310 20th Century US Political History

3

JDS 402 Jewish Law in Development

3

PSC 301 Cases in Civil Liberties

3

PSC 302 Protection of Civil Liberties

3

PSC 304 Legislative Politics

3

PSC 305 Judicial Politics

3

PSC 315 American Political Economy

3

PSC 332 International Organizations

3

PSC 339 International Law

3

PSC 430 Human Rights

3

SOC 305 Organizations and Sociology

3

SOC 317 Criminal Justice Systems

3

SOC 319 Juvenile Justice

3

SOC 384 Social Movements

3

 

 

F. Subject Focus Courses. Select two courses from among the following list, or one course from the following list and one additional course from list C, D. or E, for a total of 6 credits:

6

APY 318 : Anthropology of War

3

ECO 201 Economic History of the United States

3

ECO 208: Introduction to Environmental Economics

3

ECO 211: Introduction to Health Economics

3

ENG 301: Criticism

3

ENG 370: Critical Race Theory

3

ENG 371: Queer Theory

3

GEO 103 Global Economic Geographies

3

GGS 213: Women in Contemporary Society

3

GGS 225: Violence in a Gendered World

3

HIS 161 US History 1

3

HIS 162 US History 2

3

HIS 216: Crime and Punishment in America

3

PHI 105: Contemporary Moral Problems

3

PHI 217: Professional Ethics

3

PHI 234: Environmental Ethics

3

PHI 237: Bioethics

3

PHI 335: Contemporary Ethical Theory

3

PHI 338: Law and Morality

3

PHI 342: Political Philosophy

3

PHI 380: Nineteenth Century Enlightenment from Kant to Freud

3

PSC 101 Introduction to American Politics

3

PSC 215 Law and the Political Process

3

PSC 225: Equality and Justice in the U.S.

3

PSC 293: Race and the Law

3

SOC 206: Social Problems

3

SOC 349: Classical Social Theory

3

SOC 373: Sociology of Law

3

 

 

Total Credits

42

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